Cool! And while I have ya, I’d like to express a concern I have without context due to no interest in otherwise interacting with Habitica, including being a downer and expressing so in that thread I liked of yours.
Okay, here goes: I think gamification is, hmm, in a simplified form, a type of hyperreal play, and like all forms of play, is a great tool for humans to wield. Being hyperreal, it’s obvious weaknesses is that it is radioactive to human curiosity. We are highly vulnerable to distraction when we activate those particular shamanic arts. And so… is there an inherent system that reduces itself from your life as needed, built into Habitica?
I reached for taskwarrior because I wanted something I had to be present with (I don’t sync it, so I work at my laptop) and wouldn’t distract me, instead just assist in laying out what I had to do. I’m not endorsing taskwarrior, I’ve read so many interesting perspectives on Mastodon (it is a dumping ground for first hand experiences of everyone’s flirting with a given tech/method/practice/trend), I tend to think folks find the system that most fits what they are doing. So this isn’t a question of: is that a good fit for you? It obviously is.
I’m just over here in raw nerve land when it comes to hosted whatever, and being a total Cassandra, my brain went to: hey, what’s the exit plan there? Like, how do you ever stop using it? My stuff is a JSON file. I can parse it wherever, or delete it and be done. But if someone is hosting it, and making cute graphics, and happen to have access to the largest, non-creepy dataset on habit-forming behavior, and money is involved, then the exit plan doesn’t seem to be in the users’ favor.
Haha, habits, amirite?